Social Media for the Home-Based Business

Social Media for the Home-Based BusinessThis isn’t a blog about blogging. There are plenty of terrific ones already. But blogging and other social media is an important tool for the home-based entrepreneur. In some cases – the most important tool. So periodically, I like to point to some resources for learning about and contributing to the conversphere. Other folks are better equipped to teach this stuff, to I defer to the experts.

Brian Brown from Pajama Market highlights “The most overlooked benefit of business blogging.”

Lee Odden from the Online Marketing Blog demonstrates nicely the importance of having a blog with “No Blog? Missed Opportunity.”

Mike Sansone from Conversations and Wayne Hurlbert from Blog Business World host a 2 hour special roundtable discussion with leading members in the blogosphere – “Nut’s and BlogBolts – A Conversation on Social Media Tools.”

Patrick Schaber from The Lonely Marketer brings us a “Fun Example of a Web Video Marketing Campaign.”

5 Little Things and 1 Big Thing I Learned This Year

previewsTo me, if you’re not learnin’, you’re dyin’. My friend Ben Yoskovitz’s “What did you learn this year?” group writing project got me thinking about all the things I’d learned this year. Coming up with a list was actually difficult, since once you learn something, it’s like you’ve always known it. I also think that learning little things may effect us more than the big ones. So I decided to highlight some little things that I learned, along with the one thing I feel had the biggest impact on me as a home-based business owner this year.

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Welcome to the Conversphere

conversphereThis isn’t a blog about blogging. There are lots of good ones already out there. But blogging and other social media stuff is an important tool for the home-based business. I call it the conversphere – the conversations that are going on out in the internets – and participating is a valuable way to connect with customers, peers, and partners.

So periodically, I’ll point to some of my favorite resources for learning about and contributing to the conversphere. Other folks are better equipped to teach this stuff, to I defer to the experts.

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A Midweek Meme: Playing a Game of Tag

meme-guyI’ve seen this meme spread on many of my favorite blogs. Some of these memes are pretty silly, but this one seems interesting – in that it allows readers to get to know the blog author a little better. I’ve actually enjoyed reading some pretty fascinating things about some of my blog friends and neighbors. To me, social media is all about community, and this is part of it.

Besides, anyone looking around here, or anywhere else I blog and ‘cast, can see I’m all for having fun. So thanks to Kammie, I’m it, and the theme is…

Five Things You Might Not Know About Me

  1. I sang in a heavy metal band, was a surf bum and a skate-punk. Yep…
  2. A couple of weeks before meeting my wife, I had planned a cross country trip to L.A., where I was going to board a cargo ship and work my way to Hawaii – to study with a shaman. About a month before I was scheduled to go, I met my wife, and 15 years later, have had much more exciting adventures. I almost always follow my gut, and my gut said she was the one. My gut has yet to let me down.
  3. My only “real” job, aside from a part-timer at a bookstore, was as a prep and line cook in an Italian fusion restaurant. At one point I seriously considered being a chef, but I didn’t like the idea of being married to the kitchen (the chef I worked under was on his 4th wife – and that was shaky). I’m still a foodie, do most of the cooking, and watch an inordinate amount of cooking shows.
  4. As an Army brat, I have been in every state in the Union at least overnight, except Hawaii. Gonna add that one ASAP.
  5. My 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Barnes said I’d never get anywhere in life drawing weird little pictures, and I almost didn’t graduate high school because of failing an art class.

Well, there you go. So now I guess it’s my turn to do the tagging, so I tag Mike Vizdos, Rosa Say, Karen Wallace, Greg Balanko-Dickson, and Dave Rothacker